Google's core competency is its unmatched ability to collect and parse vast amounts of data and then translate that data into understandable bits for the rest of us. Now the search company has decided to offer another, more seamless way to access some of its most vital real-time data: visually.
The new Google Trends Visualizer gives you a constantly updated stream of the hottest search trends from around the world, framed by the colors of Google's logo. So far, the countries include Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK, and the United States. And, if you want to limit your trending data to a single country, you can easily make that selection at the bottom of the screen.
If you visit the site in Chrome, and then click the View menu and select Enter Presentation Mode, you effectively now have a beautifully colorful, interactive screen saver chock full of real-time trending data. It's definitely worth checking out.
Another visual tool added to Google's trending service is Top Charts, a list of people, places, and things that displays the current rankings of search topics (not just keywords), in photos and bar graphs, based on Google's Knowledge Graph. For now, Top Charts is only available stateside. If you're unfamiliar with how Google's Knowledge Graph works, you can get a brief overview in the video below.